General conscription

If you are a male Finnish citizen and live abroad, you are subject to the conscription call-up starting from the beginning of the year in which you turn 18 years. You can handle your call-up obligation matters through the mission of Finland in your country of residence.

 

Four conscripts stand on a cliff with a view down to a lake
Photo: Finnish Defence Forces

A conscript from abroad who is to perform military service should contact the CWT Customer Service Team by email [email protected] to obtain tickets to travel to Finland. The email must be accompanied by a scanned order to start military service.

For additional information, please visit the Defence Forces website.

Exemption of a dual citizen of Finland and the United States

If you are a dual citizen, you can be exempted from the compulsory military service. According to the agreement between Finland and the United States, a person holding a dual Finnish-American citizenship, living permanently in the United States, is not liable to perform the compulsory military service in Finland. You may, however, be required to do military service if you move to Finland before the end of the year in which you reach the age of 30. As a dual citizen, you must ensure that your dual citizenship is listed in the Finnish population registry and that your address information is up to date.

See Finlex: “Obligation for citizens of other countries living abroad to participate in call-up and military service”, Article 75.

See Finlex: "The Agreement between the Republic of Finland and the United States of America on exempting persons holding the citizenship of both countries from military obligations”.